Summer/Fall 2018

*Preregistration is required for all classes

PWELC Sampler
Grades: 1st and up
Come experience what Prairie Woods ELC has to offer. We will visit the Pioneer Cabin to see how people lived “back in the day”, do the Flying Squirrel, Climb the wall, track some animals, and learn some outdoor survival skills.
Bring a sack lunch. (meet at main building)
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 8:00-4:00
Cost: $25

Halloween Haunt
Grades: K-5
Talk with the creatures on the enchanted trail to find out what they are dong to get ready for winter, carve a jack-o-lantern, and climb on the wall in costume.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.  (meet main building)
Date: Friday, October 26th
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Cost: $8

Challenge Course Programs

Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
All ages
Climbing offers a chance to challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace. Rock climbing is a true adventure sport. Beginners can learn about the sport, exercise, and have fun! Experienced climbers can come train and refine their skills. The Prairie Woods ELC instructors are here to help every climber reach new heights! Equipment will be provided. (Meet at main building.)
Thursday, August 2nd
Thursday, September 6th 2018
Thursday, October 11th 2018
Thursday, November 1st 2018
Thursday, December 6th 2018
Time:  4:00pm – 5:30pm
Cost:  $10 per climber / per session

Environmental Education Programs

2018 New London Water Days Event
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Yellow Boats Project will be participating in the New London Water Days Event in 2018. Kayaks will be available to paddle on the Mill Pond.
Date: Saturday, July 21st 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Fee: Free - No Need to Register

Kayak Ringo Lake
Ages: 12 and up for solo boat, Please call to discuss options for younger children
Join the Guides from Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center for an exciting adventure on the water. Kayaks, gear and instruction will be provided. Registration required. Max of 18 participants.
Date: Friday, July 27th 2018
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Ringo Lake Access
Fee: $15.00 per Kayak

Nature Days
Grades: K-3
WHAT’S THAT????? Let’s check it out! For three mornings we will explore the natural world in which we live. We will use hands-on activities and games to better understand the forest, prairie, and the wetlands at Prairie Woods. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a water bottle.
(meet at main building)
Date: Tues-Thurs, August 14,15,16
Time: 8:30am-11:30am
Cost: $55

Grades: 5th and up
Come with your friends or family to enjoy the solitude of a Prairie Woods wetland while watching the sun set and the moon rise all in the same evening. Canoe, paddles, life jackets and instruction provided by Prairie Woods ELC. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
(meet at farmsite)
Date: Friday, August 24th
Time: 6:00p-8:00p
Cost: $7 per person

Kayak the Crow River
Join the Guides from Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center for an exciting adventure on the water.  Kayaks, gear and instruction will be provided.  Registration required.  Max of 18 participants.
Ages:  12 and up 
Date: Wednesday, September 12th 2018
Time:  5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:  Mill Pond Access (New London, Minnesota)
Fee:  $15.00 per Kayak

After School Archery Club
Grades: 4 and up  
It is a lot of fun learning and practicing the skill of archery. We will be using compound bows to improve our skills.  We shoot Olympic style archery, 3-d targets, and use the Native American atl-atl’s. All while aiming to have a great time.(meet at farmsite)
Date: Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Cost: $30/person

Time Travel Programs
Pioneer Day
Grades: 3rd – 6th Grade
Help Anna Danielson get ready for fall. Find out what pioneer life was really like with this ALL day adventure. We’ll start the day by dressing as a pioneer. Then we’ll get busy with our indoor chores which will include preparing our own pioneer lunch. Followed by some outdoor activities such as doing laundry, cutting wood & beating rugs. After chores we should find time to play a few games, make a craft & maybe even end with a sweet treat of homemade ice cream! (Meet at Farmsite)
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 7
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Cost: $35 (includes lunch)

Pioneer Crafts
Ages: 1st-6th Grade
Come to the Pioneer Cabin at Prairie Woods! Dress as a pioneer and make several different crafts. Learn which crafts would be done for fun (corn husk dolls, buzz saws) and which ones would be done for necessity (dipping candles, sewing). All for you to take home! Each date will have different crafts. (meet at the Pioneer Cabin on the Farm Site)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 13
          Tuesday, Nov. 13
Time: 4:00- 5:30 pm
Cost: $6/session

Game Day at the Pioneer Cabin
Ages: 1st-6th Grade
Who’s up for some friendly competition? After dressing as a pioneer, unplug for an afternoon of blind man’s bluff, a three legged race, a game of graces (hoops & sticks), kubb and many more pioneer games. If it’s raining out we’ll see how you do at jacks, pick up sticks, and card games. (meet at the Pioneer Cabin on the Farm Site)
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Cost $5

Shooting Sports

Youth Sporting Clay and .22 Shoot sponsored by Pheasants Forever
Ages 11-16
This is a great opportunity to shoot for the 1st time OR to improve your already existing shooting skills. Included in the class will be instruction on safe gun handling and shooting technique. Firearms, shells, and targets will be provided. You may bring your own 12 or 20ga shotgun. All levels of shooters are invited. (Meet at Westby Shooting range)
Date: Saturday, August 11th
Time: 3:00-5:00 with Hotdog dinner to follow program.
Cost: $5

MN DNR Firearm Safety.
This is for participants that have completed the MN DNR online- Firearm Safety Class.
Thursday, April 26th 5:30-9:00
Saturday, April 28th 8:00-12:00
(need to attend both sessions)
Cost: $7.50

Ages 11-16
This firearms safety course is a part of an overnight summer camp where participants will sleep in tents and cook their meals over a coleman stove.
This camp is designed to teach beginning hunting skills. It will provide extensive hands-on instruction in basic safety and shooting techniques for rifle, shotgun, and archery. It will also include classes on Whitetail deer ecology, outdoor survival skills, and Hunters ethics along with traditional camp activities like canoeing and rock climbing.
Camp starts: Sunday, July 8th @ 3:00
Camp ends: Thursday, July 12th @ 1:00
Cost: $380



Wright County
Mother Nature Day - Bertram Chain of Lakes - Friday, August 17th
Big Canoe Paddle - Schroeder Park - Saturday, August 25th
Big Canoe Paddle - Collinwood Park - Saturday, September 15th

Stearns County
Rock Climbing - Quarry Park - Thursday, August 30th
Rock Climbing - Quarry Park - Thursday, September 27th

** $5 ski rentals for youth (up to 18 years old) and Prairie Woods ELC members (Call ahead for Trailhead Hours)***

BIRTHDAY PARTIES....Everyone with a special birthday deserves a special get-together. Let Prairie Woods help you create great birthday party memories.

Check out our birthday themes:

Indoor Climbing Wall, Archery, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Pioneer Cabin, XC ski, snowshoe, canoeing or ??   Give us a call!

Forget the hassle of cleaning up your house before (and after) the party.   Let us help! 
For a 2 hour event, staff provides 1 1/2 hours of programming with the final 1/2 hour for you to open presents and/or eat.
Costs start at $70 for up to 7 children.
Each additional child is $10.

Please call for more details. 320-354-5894

Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Cost: $10/climber for each class 


***FREE KAYAK EVENT*** Tues. August 7th, 5:00-8:00 at the swim beach at Robbins Island. Free for Anyone! No need to register (register for all other classes please). We provide kayaks, paddles, instruction & PFDs. Come paddle for a bit & then give someone else a chance.